Once in possession of the device, the crazy idea of taking a golf club to it before even turning it on like Daniel Tosh did in this clip flashed through my head. But that would have been a really stupid thing to do. Minutes after using the device, it became obvious--this device stands up really well to all it was hyped to be.
According to Nielsen Mobile, more than
13 percent of the (oops, thanks for the correction) 32 40 million mobile subscribers in the U.S. access the Internet from their phone monthly (as per Nielsen.) Of the sites that consumers are visiting, we see over 60 percent of them are still going to "on-deck" sites, with another 27 percent of traffic going direct to the address or bookmarked sites. In fact, only a mere 4 percent of mobile web traffic is driven from search. This shows that consumers are looking for information that not only is fast and relevant, but also from publishers that they trust.
Given the awkwardness of the phone interface, the size of the screen, and the nature of the medium, the average consumer does not want to take chances on sources they are not familiar with. In other words, quality counts. Crisp understands these needs and how to automatically optimize content for a myriad of device types. So it is no wonder that five sites that were created and powered by Crisp have been nominated for Webby Awards.
In the News category, Crisp-powered sites dominate, with three out of five nominations -- CNN, USA Today, and NPR. Under Entertainment, two of the five sites nominated are powered by Crisp -- Bravo and Cosmopolitan.
Premium publishers turn to Crisp for sites that are scalable, reliable, well-designed and superiorly constructed--making our Mobile Publisher network of over 200 sites one of the largest in the United States.
I recently had a chance to download Apple’s new iPhone SDK that enables developers to write downloadable applications that will run on the Apple iPhone 2.0 starting in June or July. I’ve read the feedback from developers, journalists, and bloggers and there are a fair amount of people slamming Apple because of how they are looking to control the distribution and how you supposedly need to pay for getting full access to all development materials.
Well, I don’t find that to be the case. Development for iPhone appears to be free until you want to load the application on a real phone. (This is not unlike other mobile development in BREW or Java ME.) Instead, what I found is a smartly managed development program for a market leading distribution system (iTunes). Everyone that thinks Apple is getting it wrong by controlling application sales must not have learned the history of mobile application distribution including the platform fragmentation, network security problems and the mobile operator’s difficulty in enabling discovery and sales for downloadable applications. Apple will make sure there is little fragmentation, make it easy to sell outside of carriers, and build a reputation on number of apps available and the safety of downloading.It is possible the opposite will happen with Android, where the multiple manufacturers with approved Android distributions could be fragmenting capabilities and the more open nature of the platform could turn out to be a security risk. Besides, who is going to apply a GUI on Android that the consumer prefers over the iPhone interface? I’m sure someone’s still working on that.
With the iPhone starting to be sold worldwide in an unlocked version and the completion of their application distribution model, there will be a tipping point this summer where analysts might consider Android too late to outdo Apple. The potential iPhone sales are extremely high, due in small part to the unexpected effort Apple put in making the device more enterprise friendly. The touch screen can still be a limitation for the email user but the factor of MS Exchange integration and running custom secure touch screen enterprise apps on the iPhone and iPod Touch via WiFi does make the platform a viable alternative to Windows Mobile.
This means that more and more publishers will begin wanting iPhone specific sites to address this expanding market and capitalize on the user interface. We’ve already seen this happening with our existing customer base and you will begin to see more news from Crisp about this shortly.